Decorating Inspiration of the day

While cruising my Twitter homepage, I saw a post from @simplifiedbee about decorating using maps (see the post here, it’s great!).

I have that space between the office and the living room that is a bare, gray wall just waiting for a great project.

Blank Canvas!

I keep promising Chris some sort of New York themed decor somewhere in the house, but I wasn’t having any really inspired ideas until the map post. Now I’m starting to think that maybe something fun like a large map of the subway system in New York would look great there.

If you’ve ever seen me in NYC you would understand how in awe I am of the amount of choices you have to get anywhere via the subway system. Want to get to Brooklyn? 4,3,5,6,R,Q,S,T,J,or M trains. Take your pick!

Then again, maybe this map idea would be a better theme for that bedroom of ours that could use some serious sprucing up.. any thoughts?

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The Canvas

So, here is where we are at the moment.

This is the entry to the house. Grandma lives on this floor and the second floor.

This is the hallway in the third floor. Our entry, if you will. The bathroom is at one end of the hall, the office at the other, and on the right is the kitchen.

This is the pantry. We somehow forgot to paint it during the painting party, oops! On another note, the shelving is all over the place, and the drawers that are in there don’t open very well. We seriously need to re-organize it and get the drawers to a more functional place.

This is the sink area. At the moment we are totally stuck with the set up of the kitchen. My great-aunt never wanted anything modern, so we have no cabinets (modern? They’re just useful!), and no space for a dishwasher. The double sink isn’t as great of an idea as we thought it would be either. The lack of counter space also means that we get to play the always interesting game of “will the drying rack fall on the floor tonight”. It also means that we do most of the food preparation on the kitchen table, and eat in the living room.

The oven has to live here because of the gas pipe. Its not so bad. Just boring.

We also forgot to paint the square under the mantle…
To the left we have a nice, yet fairly useless buffet. The doors don’t open, and when they do open they won’t close. The drawers aren’t very functional size wise, and tend to get stuck shut. We mainly kept it for the “counter space” it provides. Remember that electrical work I was talking about before? Here’s where there is a problem. We can’t have the microwave going if the coffee pot is on, or if anything else is on for that matter. It’s another fun game, since if we blow a fuse, the lights in the office go out…

Here’s the walk thru into the living room. I like it a lot. The china cabinet on the right… not so much. It was another piece of inherited furniture that looks nice, but doesn’t do to much. The doors on the bottom have the same problem as the buffet; they stick!

This was an empty storage area that Chris decided needed some shelves, so he built them and painted it white. I LOVE how it looks, and it’s great for storing our DVDs and games (Quirkle anyone?)

This side of the walk thru, not so much. We’re currently using it for storage. I have some ideas, and would like to get it cleaned up and painted!

Now entering the living room, where we spend most of our time. There is a blocked fireplace on the left which is marble and gorgeous. The TV in the middle is HUGE and I love the glass and black TV stand. The tables were all here when we got here, and we kept them since we had nothing to use in their place. Some of them match, some of them don’t.

The floor is in pretty good shape. There are a few scratches in it from over the years, but all in all it looks great. The couches were a craigslist score. Chris gets serious points for finding them, and he and his friend get even more points for getting it up the 3 flights of spiral stairs! The wall behind it is quite empty (as are all the walls in the house!) and I plan on filling it up with something soon!

The loveseat, a great floor, an empty wall and my desk (?).

Here is the hallway into the office and my cat Phoebe! She was also in a picture in the kitchen.. see if you can spot her!
This is another empty wall that I would love to fill somehow.

The office. Or ESPN zone as I tend to call it. Please note the golf clubs and serious lack of my stuff!

This was a pretty cool idea on Chris’ part. He wanted to display his jerseys, so he painted white squares on the wall to make them stand out against the blue. Then he took coat hangers and placed them in the jerseys upside down. Finally he hung the upside down coat hanger on some tacks in the wall. Looks great!

This is the large closet in the office. It currently holds Chris’ tools, Phoebe’s literbox and a bunch of “stuff”. It needs some serious organization!

On to the bathroom. Please take a moment to enjoy the wallpaper that we have yet to take down…..

Its pretty impressive!

Pink and green isn’t exactly Chris’ idea of a perfect bathroom, but there’s not too much we can do about that at the moment. It’s functional, after the plumber fixed the leaking toilet, and Chris got a new pipe to replace the one under the sink that fell apart in his hand….

Finally, the bedroom. Blah, isn’t it? The bed is on the floor, and the dresser was here when we moved in. The walls are empty, but at least we have a wall!! It was questionable there for a while.

The main problem with the bedroom is the sloping ceiling. It makes it hard to use a lot of the space in here, since Chris hits his head a lot. I need to come up with some crafty use for the space on the right!

So there you have it!